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Posted: Dec 10th 2007 4:36PM (Unverified) said

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I'm sure there are plenty of abusive relationships that started out when the people involved met through other hobbies and interests. Like tennis. Golf. Church groups. Through mutual acquaintances. Does that make those things inherently unsafe?

Yeah, didn't think so.

*sigh*

Last I checked, there were plenty of murders, attacks, and so on before the internet. The only difference now is that the internet is a means through which kids can interact with adult strangers while unsupervised. And honestly, that's only because parents allow them to do so. It's the parents' responsibility to keep an eye on those interactions just like they would any others. Yet it seems like most parents don't.

Posted: Dec 10th 2007 9:02PM (Unverified) said

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Fox at work once again /sigh..... It's always up to the individual and their parents to be wary of strangers.

Posted: Dec 10th 2007 7:18PM (Unverified) said

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In case you haven't forgotten, this IS FOX we're talking about. I can't say I'm honestly shocked that they've decided to once again throw gamers under a bus whenever they can.

But trust me, FOX. We don't need your right-wing rendition of family life and values. That's the last thing anyone needs. We'll keep gaming and keep meeting, and in the mean time they can think about how many murders happen in un-internet related environments. Murder happens everywhere and under any circumstances, as does rape and theft and ect. The internet is no different than real life in that respect.

Posted: Dec 11th 2007 8:17AM Ghen said

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This is the reason I get my news in blog form. Anything more is sensationalism. Unfortunately there are still people out there that hang on every word TV media says and genocide isn't an option.

Posted: Dec 11th 2007 9:53PM (Unverified) said

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What was that? I'm watching the Factor! I kid. ;)
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Posted: Dec 12th 2007 4:11PM (Unverified) said

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Actually, the guy has good points.

Folks *will* have their guard down, because it's "safe"--you get to know them without being anywhere near the folks physically-- and the safety nets that other group hobbies have (someone mentioned church-groups or tennis) tend to be with at least one other person you trust if you're adult, and a parent if you're a child. How many play-groups let sex offenders volunteer?

Because games involve children and the safety of distance until you can build trust, they *are* more open to exploitation.

Careful reading shows that the quote about folks letting their guard down to the criminals is from a criminologist-- kind of the person you'd ask when writing a story about crimes related to on line games, no?

Must you do a knee-jerk response?
"Oh, they spoke ill of the WoW! Never mind that they also said it takes smarts to play well and that most folks there aren't a danger! Hand me the torch, you take the pitchfork!"

It really ruins the point when there actually *is* an attack, rather than an attention-grabbing headline, followed by quotes from experts saying it's not all that bad, and many stories of *good* things from the games.

Face it, most folks have heard about the various deaths and nasty creatures who play on line games, and they'll read an article that starts with those stories; you should thank the author for giving a more balanced view-- not holler that they dare mention the folks who HAVE come to harm, and not mis-quote them. ("And while it might be a stretch to liken the Web to a modern-day Pandora's box, the analogy does hold some water" does not equal "The internet is a modern Pandora's box!")

Where is *my* eye-roll emote?

Are you really so obsessed with WoW that you can't see the ways it *can* be used to hurt folks? (That fact no more makes WoW or other internet games evil than the fact that cars can be used as murder weapons means we shouldn't drive-- technology comes, we figure out rules to make it safe enough, and we watch ourselves for those who ignore the rules and threaten us.)

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